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Sister/Charge Nurse (Special Care/Discharge Co-ordinator

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to new and significant investment a rare and exciting opportunity has arisen for highly motivated and experienced Neonatal Nurses to join our team and provide leadership within our service. Bradford Neonatal service is a well-established 31 cot NICU and 9 cot Transitional Care Unit providing care for both infants born locally and those from across the wider Yorkshire & Humber region requiring specialist high quality support.

We have had a number of recent successes in developing a large education team, perinatal palliative care support and specialist infant feeding nurses so now is a really exciting time to be part of team Bradford. We are now in a position to develop the Special Care area of our unit and we are looking for nurses with a passion for this area to provide a consistent level of coordination in the area along with ensuring patient flow is safe, appropriate and timely. The successful candidates will lead nurse led ward rounds, and provide enhanced levels of hands on support and education to colleagues around all aspects of special care and discharge.

Main duties of the job


The post-holder will be responsible for daily running of the special care area of the neonatal unit including supporting and developing junior colleagues, planning, implementing and evaluating plans of patients care and ensuring families get a high quality experience in the Neonatal Service. A key purpose of the role will be to support the senior team in ensuring that we have a safe and progressive service that is seen as a beacon of good practice in the Yorkshire and Humber region.


Lead and develop nurse led ward rounds in the special care area and develop/support discharge pathways that will enable improved patient flow, increased safety and a reduction in risk incidents in special care.

To provide specialist advice, support and supervision, whilst working collaboratively with the multi-professional team to provide best care, maximise safety and improved outcomes for neonates and their families. The post holder will enable effective communications and develop personalised care planning within a health professional's scope of practice.

The post holder will work within children's services, based on the neonatal unit. They will be responsible for supporting the work of senior colleagues, the development of junior colleagues and fostering a culture of high quality care for the babies and their families.

About us

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is part of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT), a collaborative of the NHS hospital trusts from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate working together to provide the best possible care for our patients.

By bringing together the wide range of skills and expertise across West Yorkshire and Harrogate we are working differently, innovating and driving forward change to deliver the highest quality care. By working for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust this is your opportunity to be a part of that change.

WYAAT is the acute sector arm of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, one of the largest integrated care systems in the country. The Partnership's ambition is for everyone to have the best possible health and wellbeing, and the work of WYAAT, and each individual trust, supports that ambition.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification for more information about the role.

Person Specification



  • Post registration experience of working on a Neonatal Unit
  • Experience of working in a multicultural work place with a diverse client group.
  • Experience of working within an MDT and providing advocacy for colleagues and patients
  • Experience of supporting junior colleagues


  • Experience of leading a small team



  • Excellent verbal and written communication/interpersonal skills
  • Competency in IV Skills
  • Ability to coordinate the day to day running of a busy neonatal unit when called upon
  • Ability to utilise research and accepted best practice in order to enhance clinical practice
  • Skilled at diplomatically challenging unsatisfactory practice with the aim of achieving a positive outcome for all
  • Able to support initiation of breastfeeding or expressing
  • IT skills - Ability to word process and utilise spreadsheets



  • RSCN, RN Child or RN Adult
  • ENB 405, Diploma in Special and Intensive Care of the Newborn or equivalent * (Or current enrolment on the QIS course - completing within 6 months of appointment)
  • ENB 998, SLIP or practice supervisor/assessor training. Or equivalent comparable experience of providing high quality education to colleagues, students and families
  • Current New-born Life Support (If you do not poses this you must be committed to completing this within 6 months of appointment)

Employer details

Employer name

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust





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